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It's Official: Starbucks is Returning to Morristown

The coffee giant is expected to open in 40 Park condo complex by the end of summer.

Starbucks is coming home.

Less than a week after it was announced , the Seattle-based coffee giant that once occupied a space in the former Epstein's department store until five years ago is set to occupy a similar space by the end of the summer. This time, it will be on the corner of the 40 Park luxury condo development that was built in the former Epstein's location.

"It's exciting to be able to bring back an old tenant who existed in Morristown previously," said Debra Tantleff, of Roseland Properties, which manages 40 Park. "It's kind of where they were before in the old Epstein's building."

The 2,100 square foot Starbucks will join the other businesses that have already opened or are planning to open soon at 40 Park, including fellow national companies and the , as well as locally-owned restaurants and Urban Table, both owned by Harvest Restaurants.

"We're very excited to have another national retail tenant joining our other tenants," Tantleff said. "It further complements the downtown urban lifestyle. They are going to make full use of the space."

Rumors of an eventual return of the java giant have persisted ever since Starbucks closed in 2006. When Tantleff , owner Dave Walters said he was not particularly worried. "My thought is, it's not going to affect us over here," he said. Walters noted one of SmartWorld's three locations, in Denville, is located across the street from a Starbucks and "we do just fine." SmartWorld opened its South Street location near the time Starbucks left Morristown.

Jason Czura, owner of (which opened in October 2007) along the Green, however, had said Starbucks could have an effect on his business. "It'll impact business for sure, it's another competitor," he said. Still, Czura noted his coffeeshop–part of a small Virginia-based chain with only two New Jersey locations–had become part of the Morristown community. "You could not ask for a better location," he said.

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ak14 April 25, 2011 at 05:26 PM
I am personally not looking forward to Starbucks' arrival back in Morristown. You can't beat small, locally owned stores that have a small selection of the community they have become close with. Starbucks, as well as some of the other national chains mentioned, will inevitably disrupt these relationships. Small businesses are what make Morristown unique and we can only hope the majority of customers will stay loyal to their local stores.
Louis C. Hochman April 25, 2011 at 07:47 PM
Adam - Thanks for the comment. With two more locally connected coffee shops nearby, we've been wondering if that might be a common view. John Dunphy's out and about getting reactions on video: http://patch.com/A-gTcj
Susan Walter April 26, 2011 at 01:23 PM
This is the best news I've heard all week! No more driving to Florham Park for my beans. Welcome back, Starbucks!
Kieran April 28, 2011 at 08:50 PM
This could be the best thing that ever happened to Greenberry's on the Green. Interesting article from Slate a few years ago shows how Starbucks often (inadvertently) helps the little guy when it moves in. http://www.slate.com/id/2180301/pagenum/all/#p2 Me -- I'll still be going to Greenberry's for my coffee. With occasional trips to Starbucks, and Dunkin Donuts, and McDonalds.
john April 29, 2011 at 09:17 PM
They should stay away! Zebu is the way to go - screw Starbucks
Janet Bentley May 08, 2011 at 10:43 AM
Best news ever.....have been hoping they would come back! I have tried the other coffee houses in downtown Morristown and they don't come close to the feeling, quality and atmosphere of Starbucks.

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